The curtain is going up this week at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival.
The festival, which will stream live from Nanaimo on April 8-9, features 14 official selections from across Canada and around the world.
The VISFF selection committee looked over 123 submissions and chose six films from Canada as well as entries from the U.S., the U.K., Austria and Iran.
“This year’s lineup is diverse, surprising, and memorable, and we’re so excited to be showcasing these amazing films,” said festival director Hilary Eastmure in a press release.
Seven films will be streamed each night of the festival, with a filmmaker question-and-answer during intermissions and an awards ceremony on the second night.
The short films to be shown April 8 are: Milk, Montgomery Langford, Canada; Eureka, Miida Chu, U.S.; A Barbaric First Date, Kaliandra Capri, Canada; To Life, Stefanie Gartmann, Germany; Mani Pedi, Marlene Goldman, Canada; Mahi, Hoda Ahmadi, Iran; and Dream Book, Connor Gaston, Canada.
The films being shown April 9 are: Break Any Spell, Anton Jøsef, Canada; Cannibal, Ramin Samani, Iran; Orbed, Purple Ear, United Kingdom; Hail Marie, Arthur Rodger (Harley) Maranan, Canada; Shadow of the Fox, Nooshin Meraji, Iran; Are You My Mommy, Gavin Michael Booth, U.S.; and Metube: August Sings ‘Una Furtiva Lagrima,’ Daniel Moshel, Austria.
The festival notes that the films are unrated, may contain violence and sexual conduct and may not be suitable for all audiences.
The screenings begin at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets, available at www.visff.com, include access to the films for three days following the live stream.